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Is Jesus Christ Falsely Represented?

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I am fed up with hearing the words “Jesus Christ” thrown at me by people whom the real Jesus would probably never accept. As we get ready to celebrate another Easter, I am wondering why this holiday (as well as Christmas) seems gloomier every year. Are many people, who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, turning others away from the benefits of religion with their constant hypocrisy?

I’m tired of hearing that if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior I’ll be going to Hell. I’m tired of the same right wing religious people telling me how it’s wrong to support abortion, but that I should support the war in Iraq. I’m especially tired of hearing about a growing number of priests (who supposedly teach the gospel of Jesus) molest young boys. I’m especially tired of the religious right wing segment of our society using morally corrupt people, such as Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, to get their “morals” across.

While Jesus may be against abortion, did he really intend to send some of his followers to bomb abortion clinics? While Jesus may be uncomfortable with two men getting married, did he ever intend for some of his followers to hunt down gay men and beat them until they are almost dead? One may say only extremists practice these acts, but it’s these extremists that are influencing our government and laws. That is something to fear, not Jesus.

I will admit I have met a number of people who say accepting Jesus as their savior has changed their lives and I have even witnessed as some have changed their self-destructive paths because of their new religious lives. I have also met some people who consider themselves Christians or Catholics and who practice what they preach by living a life of love, tolerance, and understanding. These people are disappearing or are drowned out by the voices of those who want to use the concept of Jesus Christ to pass judgment on others and dictate how everyone else should live their lives.

I know several people who had considered themselves devout Catholics but who stopped going to church over the past couple of years due to the child molestation scandals. I know others who have stopped practicing any type of religion, including prayer, because of the right wing religious hypocrites who have turned the concept of religion inside out. I’ve talked to many teenagers who think it’s now “cool” to be an atheist. Many of Jesus Christ’s so-called followers have to come to grips with the fact that they are spreading fear and intolerance rather than the love Jesus Christ is supposed to represent.

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  • JJ Koble

    John 12:47 “As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

    Yeah, people have no right not even from the Lord to Judge people.

    I’m tired of hearing that if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior I’ll be going to Hell.

    The way to look at this is that the world is like the ship Titantic and it is sinking into the ocean of sin.

    Jesus Christ is the only life boat we have to be saved from sin and hell. He gives us a choice to choose to accept him or not. However, we don’t have a choice on the outcome from not choosing him

    All through life we have choices we can make. We can’t however choose the consequences for the choices we make.

    Good job on your blog.

  • Van Piercy

    “These [virtuous Christians] are disappearing or are drowned out by the voices of those who want to use the concept of Jesus Christ to pass judgment on others and dictate how everyone else should live their lives.” This analysis is superficial and faulty, and the narrowness of vision here is astounding: that the lack of “true Christians” could be owing only to the un-Christlike among Christians conveniently ignores the un-Christlike (or simply uncharitable) behavior that can surely be found among the devotees of the purely secular.

    More accurate is the idea that a burgeoning progressive secular culture is first, imposing its amorality and dictates in the name of tolerance and suspension of judgement to such a degree that some religious people are pained, even overwrought, by those developments and react strongly, and sometimes wrecklessly, against them.

    Second, the truly virtuous religious people are probably so fed up with the whole lot of self-appointed arbiters of right (self-righteous lefties and self-righteous fundies) that they go underground (seemingly disappearing), to ride out the social and cultural storm of mutual injustice in an effort to hold on to their own sanity, to maintain some semblance of hope for the future, and to do what everyone should be doing anyway, which is minding his or her own business, and refraining from pushing his or her political/ideological/lifestyle choices down everyone else’s throat. The latter act lacks all humility and is a disgustingly arrogant usurpation of God’s role, and represents blindness to the Tao, an act of gross inhumanity, or a monstrous act of purposive ego drama–take your pick.

  • http://www.bob.seldo.com Bob

    Although I’m not a believer by any stretch (and not because I think it’s “cool” to be an atheist) your passionate rejection of intolerant hypocritical Christians convinces me that your version of Christianity is at least laudably motivated.

    However, I disagree that “right wing religious hypocrites” turned the concept of religion inside out. It sounds as though you have a modern, considered, human, – dare I say it – secularized religious morality under your belt. But that makes your kind of Christianity historically abnormal. Compared to warring Christian sects, dark aged zealots and persecutors, crusaders and witch-burning madmen, the modern right wing religious hypocrites were inevitable. You’re not getting back to religion as it “should” be — you’re defining it for yourself and doing it well, by the sounds of it. Be proud and take responsibility for that, rather than deceiving yourself to the effect that the other modern Christians of whom you are ashamed are some kind of deviation. It’s you who is, thankfully, the aberration.

  • TG Vijayaraj

    Dear Daryl,
    Quote: “I’m tired of hearing that if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior I’ll be going to Hell. I’m tired of the same right wing religious people telling me how it’s wrong to support abortion, but that I should support the war in Iraq. I’m especially tired of hearing about a growing number of priests (who supposedly teach the gospel of Jesus) molest young boys. I’m especially tired of the religious right wing segment of our society using morally corrupt people, such as Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, to get their “morals” across.”

    It is understood that you are feeling far superior comparing with many of ur fellow sinners. u want to distance urself with these feloow sinners or right wing religious hypocrites. My dear Daryl U don’t bother about others u think about ur self. As per ur article u seems to be a good person and wanted to be good but fedup with hypocrites. Ignore these stupid hypocrites first of all think about self and introspection and change urself then think of changing the whole system. May God Almighty bless you.
    Vijayaraj
    New Delhi
    INDIA.

  • JC

    Your teenagers are right, to be an atheist is cool. If you mean clear eyed logical and civilized. Arguing over; ‘what would Jesus think?’ of modern abortion is clearly farcical. What would Jesus think of the internet or mobile phones? Nothing clearly. The bible was written before people had any knowledge of such advances in technology and science. The people who wrote those texts wrote of what they knew about, their own lives in those areas we now call the Middle East and of their superstitions, fears and hopes. The bible is big on not coveting your neighbors cattle and how to treat your slaves or even that you should kill your child if they worship false gods. It has no advice on wether to buy a Nintendo for your offspring or indeed on stopping nuclear technology being used by Islam-O-Fascists. Modern questions of import are best addressed in a clear headed logical manner, bringing to bear intellect, facts and educated judgement. Allowing superstition to influence your thinking in an age of education and relatively advanced knowledge, is slightly pathetic, certainly dangerous and illogical, as well as your teenagers point out plain uncool.

    JC XXXX

  • http://ww.geocities.com/matrixism2069 theroy

    I hear you. Religious fundamentalists can sometimes be quite overbearing. I don’t think that means the baby should be thrown out with the bath water though. In moderation, and that is the way most people practice religion, religion helps individuals and groups be better people than they probably would be otherwise.

    There are many religions in this world both old a new. The newer ones, though prone to error due to the fact that they have not stood the test of time, can offer a perspective more in tune with modern technology, culture and demographics. With Judaism, Christianity, Islam, the Baha’i Faith and Matrixism from Abrhamic traditon and Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism from the Dharminic tradition there are many to choose from.

    If some form of atheism could get people to live better that would be quite a noble thing. I haven’t seen that it though.

  • Arch Conservative

    “I’m tired of hearing that if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior I’ll be going to Hell.
    Oh really. I’m a Chrisitan and I’ve never said that to anyone. I think you’re exagerating a little bit there Darryl. There are millions of christians in this nation and only a very small portion of them behave that way.

    “I’m tired of the same right wing religious people telling me how it’s wrong to support abortion, but that I should support the war in Iraq.”

    Oh really? Well I’m tired of left wing people telling me it’s not OK to kill terrorists in Iraq or torture them in Guantanamo to get info that could save American lives but it is OK to kill an innocent baby because it might cramp the mom’s lifestyle.”

    “I’m especially tired of hearing about a growing number of priests (who supposedly teach the gospel of Jesus) molest young boys.”

    Oh really? Exactly what percentage of preists have molested children? do you know? i bet that if we were to look at the percentage of child molestors who are not priests and/or religious we would find that it is higher than the percentage of preists who are child molestors.

    “I’m especially tired of the religious right wing segment of our society using morally corrupt people, such as Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly, to get their “morals” across.”

    Oh really? Well i’m tired of left wing hypocrites critiscizing every charcter flaw of every republican/conservative but then ignoring those of liberals like Bill Clinton who is a serial adulterer and has sexually harassed coountless women, Ted Kennedy who killed a woman while driving drunk, William Jefferson who was caught with bribe money, and other left wing superstars.

    Since you didn’t ask I’ll tell you what i’m tired of Darryl

    I’m tired of left wingers using saying that it is uncristian like to oppose certain things like illegal immigration because Jesus wouldn’t oppose it.

    I’m tired of left wingers telling christians that they are not true followers of jesus because they do not accept all behaviors as normal and embrace the morral relativism where right and wrong do not exist that left wingers embrace.

    I’m tired of left wingers bashing christianity and then accusing anyone who says anything the least bit negative about islam of being intolerant.

    I’m tired of the ACLU trying to erase all signs of Christianity from our culture through the courts and using tax dollars to do it.

  • daryl d

    “Since you didn’t ask I’ll tell you what i’m tired of Darryl

    I’m tired of left wingers using saying that it is uncristian like to oppose certain things like illegal immigration because Jesus wouldn’t oppose it.”

    This, arch conservative, I’ll believe with you 100 percent on. I was sickened to see these illegal immigrants march in Los Angeles today: once again, screaming anti american slogans and signs that read “Mecha” and “La Raza.” At least a lot of them did have American flags instead of Mexican flags this time.

    What OTHER country would allow others to illegally enter their country and then have the balls to “march” for rights they never earned? A whole different topic, but I had to vent.

  • http://parodieslost.typepad.com Mark Schannon

    Arch, do you know any “left wingers?” Or did all this come in a dream to you…maybe after a little too much sacramental wine. What I find interesting following your never-ending attacks on some make-believe left-wing conspiracy is that it never changes. When people give you citations of the ACLU supporting the Church, it just seems to slip under your radar screen.

    I know you’re angry & feel under attack, but I think it’s time you stopped creating straw men (the left wing) to knock over. There’s enough out there that’s screwy for both liberals ane conservatives to agree on.

    You gotta grow, man. Liberal and conservative, left & right has almost completely lost meaning. I’m not saying you have to agree with behaviors you find immoral, just don’t create some label which allows people to immediately ignore what you’re trying to say.

    If you need help, remember,

    In Jameson Veritas

  • Arch Conservative

    When people give you citations of the ACLU supporting the Church, it just seems to slip under your radar screen.

    That’s called “paying lip service to” or “keeping up appearances”. Basically if an organization is going to expect to be viewed with any legitimacy when they make the claim that they represent the rights of all Americans they are going to occasionally have to throw in some red meat to assuage those that they are really out to get.

    For every case you can cite where the ACLU stuck up for Chrisitans I can cite at least 30-50 where they attacked the expression of Christianity.

    “You gotta grow, man. Liberal and conservative, left & right has almost completely lost meaning.”

    No… I see the moderation, the compromise and reason. Only I see it in individual citizens who are for the most part powerless and not in the likes of dangerous extremists groups like the ACLU .

    So I will continue to bitch about the ACLU and their ilk until I see fit which means until I no longer see them as one of the major influences that has it’s slimy talons in the underbelly of traditional American culture and is doing all it can to drag it deep down into morass of moral relativism where there is no moral certainty or distinction, only the forced acceptance of all behaviors, no matter how egregious, as equal.

  • http://www.antequeravillarental.com Christopher Rose

    Arch you really make me laugh as you wriggle around reality and desperately try to keep your laughable perspective intact.

    For the bazillionth time, the only thing the ACLU does is protect the US Constitution. If you seriously intend to spend your life bitching about it, I truly feel sorry for everyone that knows you. Of course, they probably feel that way about you…

    What a tragic waste of time.

  • Arch Conservative

    Well if you’re too stupid for me to make you think I’m glad at least I can make you laugh.

  • Claire

    Does it really matter about the “percentage” of child molesters that are priests? The point is that as a teacher of the word of Christ it is shameful and it should not happen. A leader is suppossed to be an inspiration.

    Of course there is a lot of hypocricy in this world.. it is saddening. It does not matter whether a person is in power or not, they are judged in the same way as any other by God – in that I mean on their path to true enlightenment. The choices they make will contribute to their future. hether they are right or wrong choices. Let it be. We cannot be ‘told’ to do things, or how to feel. We know how we should lead our lives, our true faith is within us. As long as we trust in God he will help and guide us through. We cannot be blinded by the speeches/beliefs/words of others. It is up to us and no one else.

    Sorry I strayed off a little…I have just found a lot of judgement and bitterness and bickering on this blog. It is unhelpful.

  • Leslie Bohn

    Mr. Conservative:

    No one is asking you for “at least 30-50 where they attacked the expression of Christianity.”

    We’re asking for one. One case. We’ve pointed to dozens. Please support your statements with facts.